Thirsty? Here are the 8 best water bottles to stay hydrated—before, during, and after your workouts.
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Whether you're <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/gear/workout-gear/best-crossfit-gear">CrossFit training</a> or running a 5K, hydration is key to maxing your workout, lowering race times, and <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/gear/workout-gear/top-triathlon-gear-to-impro... muscle recovery</a>. So it pays to find a solid, reliable water bottle to store recovery drinks. And use it.
<p>But don’t be fooled, though. Buying the best water bottle isn’t as simple as grabbing one off the shelf of your local sporting goods store. You’ll have to consider what workouts you’ll use it for, and take into account factors like compact design, BPA-free plastic, and anti-flavor absorption technology.
<p>Sound complicated? Relax—we did the dirty work for you. Read on for the best sport-specific water bottles to maximize your workout.</p>
BEST FOR: High Intensity Workouts
Like to drink an electrolyte mix instead of water after your workout? The <strong>BlenderBottle Sport Mixer</strong> is the only water bottle that converts into a portable mixer (no appliances or electricity required), so it comes in handy right after a high-intensity workout, when your muscles need immediate repairing. The wire whisk ball mixes up protein shakes, smoothies, and powers through high energy substances like yogurt, peanut butter and fruit. Just add ingredients and shake. ($13, <a href="http://www.blenderbottle.com/product/9/SportMixer%E2%84%A2">blenderbottl...)
BEST FOR: CrossFit Workouts
Who would’ve thought a water bottle could tell you when you’re thirsty? Sounds crazy, but this one sure can. The interactive <strong>Hydracoach Intelligent Water Bottle</strong> calculates your hydration needs based on how much water you've consumed, how much you should drink, and when you should drink it—all essential information during CrossFit’s strength and conditioning workouts, when it's easy to lose track. The Hydracoach tracks your fluid consumption throughout the day so it can monitor how much (or how little!) your hydrating. You'll have no excuse to skip sipping. ($30, <a href="http://www.sportline.com/products/hydration-2/hydracoach.html">sportline...)
BEST FOR: Running
Ideal for long distance running (think: half and full marathons), the <strong>Kenmark Sport Armband Water Bottle</strong> attaches to your arm with lightweight adjustable straps, and its secure grip allows you to concentrate on the road ahead—not whether or not your water bottle is slipping off. Bonus: he insulated bottle case keeps liquids cold and provides a detachable pocket for storing keys, iPhones, and credit cards. ($30, <a href="http://www.kenmarksports.com/#!__armband-water-bottle">kenmarksports.com...)
<p>But if you’re a trail runner who likes to drink while you run, try the <strong>Gobie’s H2O Filtering Water Bottle</strong>, which filters as you go so you can fill up from a stream and be on your way. ($30, <a href="http://gobieh2o.com/">gobieh2o.com</a>)</p>
BEST FOR: Cycling
The <strong>Original Clean Bottle</strong> ($10, <a href="http://cleanbottle.com/how-it-works/original/">cleanbottle.com</a>) fits securely in standard bike cages and is has a grippy outside , which is ideal for one-handed drinking when you’re steering with the other. If you’re a mountain biker, don’t worry about a wipe-out that’ll bust this up—its sturdy body unscrews from both top and bottom so it’ll absorb shock. Plus, you can unscrew it to keep it clean, avoiding mold, residue, and odor that tends to build up in the bottom of water bottles.
<p>For avid cyclists who want to race harder and hydrate faster, the <strong>Speedfil Hydration System-Standard</strong> has a bite valve and works more like a bladder system for hands-free drinking. ($100, <a href="http://store.invisciddesign.com/speedfil-hydration-system.html">inviscid...)</p>
BEST FOR: Hiking
The lightweight <strong>Nathan Tritan Water Bottle</strong> has a finger loop and clip attached to the lid, making it easy to fasten to belt loops or backpacks. The flip-up straw, also built into the lid, is leak-proof and spill-proof so you can sip comfortably without dribbling. Plus, it’s durable, BPA-free plastic material is shatter-resistant so you’re covered if you drop it on the trail. ($12, <a href="http://www.nathansports.com/our-products/hydrationnutrition/stainless-st...)
<p>But if you're looking to carry less gear on a shorter hike, Camelbak’s lightweight <strong>Delaney Fit</strong> BPA-free bottle tucks snugly in its side cinch dual adjust belt. A handy flask pocket makes for a perfect place to store snacks, keys, and your iPod. ($30, <a href="http://www.camelbak.com/Sports-Recreation/Packs/2012-Delaney-Fit.aspx">c...)</p>